Advances in both the chemical formulation of the rubber and the tread design have enabled Japanese tyre maker FALKEN to create a new road tyre that provides both wet weather grip and better fuel efficiency. Until now, tyre engineers have struggled to offer lower rolling resistance and the highest levels of wet weather grip, finding attributes to be usually mutually exclusive.  To be able to achieve this challenging balance, Falken had to look at alternative ways to reduce the heat and therefore the energy required to deliver the desired grip performance required for a European premium tyre.

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Excessive heat generated from an engine block, exhaust system or turbo can easily affect a vehicle’s ignition set-up. Spark plug leads and boots can harden, burn or crack, leading to arching, engine misfire or even complete ignition system failure.

Leading heat protection experts, DEi has produced thermal protection boots for spark plugs for many years, but now they have just released the next generation providing greater than

ever protection against heat damage.

DEI’s Titanium Protect-A-Boots can withstand direct heat up to 1800°F (982°C), and radiant heat to 2800°F (1537°C) – conventional glassfibre material boots can’t take much more than 1200°F (650°C).

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Caterham Cars won’t be at Stoneleigh show this year as I found out when I popped down to their showroom on Wednesday. I live but three miles from their premises in Caterham Valley and I often call in to have a chat with sales director, Andy Noble, when I’m running a few errands in town. I also wanted to arrange a feature on a Seven for a future issue of tkc mag.


Now that the F1™ season has started I was keen to find out how the enquiry levels have risen thanks to the re-named CATERHAM F1 team’s TV exposure More >


Those mega-enthusiastic chappies (and not forgetting the lasses, either!) at TEAM MEV, comprised of Mills Extreme Vehicles and Road Track Race will be busy people at Stoneleigh this year.

Not content with their ambitious plan to build a MEV Exocet during the show (May 6 & 7) they have TWO new launches scheduled – a lightweight Spyder version of the MEVX5 and the all-new MEVABUSA.

Spyder version of MEVX5 being prepared for Stoneleigh…

The former is a ‘skinny latte’ version of the standard MX-5-based MEVX5 that features a clam-shell flip-front body section and is a Spyder in the truest meaning of that automotive term. More >


Performance filtration specialist’s Pipercross, has created the perfect solution for anybody wishing to run a motorcycle engine on their kit, race or road car. Its extensive range of PX500 base plates and filters ensure a simple and effective fitment for many of the most popular Suzuki and Honda engines, allowing them to run a competition-spec Pipercross filter for optimum airflow.

The PX500 system is based around a smart aluminium baseplate, which is tailored for each application. Versions for the Honda Fireblade and Blackbird engines are available, as well as the Suzuki Hayabusa and 600cc and 1000cc GSXR powerplants. Blank plates are More >


New from Laser Tools is this very handy belt tensioner wrench set (part no 5360) that makes easy work of those awkward jobs.

Often difficult fixings to get access to, the belt tension lock nut or component mounting nuts and bolts can be hidden down in the engine bay, behind the component and usually just a few centimetres away from the radiator.

The Laser belt tension wrench has a usefully long handle and is curved to make access easy. The eight interchangeable adaptors include sizes from 12mm to 19mm and are locked on to the handle for positive location on the fixing.

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Rtec Motorsports, importers of the US La Bala kit, have recently gone back to the car’s roots, as devised by its designer, Steve Graber, when it was initially available as a kit built from plans.

You can now build a UK-spec La Bala from a set of plans

The chassis plan is an in-depth 130-page schematic drawing plus a full itemised materials list required for the La Bala build, while Rtec can also ‘cut-and-wrap’ pages to ensure that correct shapes for joining sections can be attained. The company can also offer support and any parts that you may require during your project.

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According to Vindicator Cars, ‘tis the season to be……. getting your automotive delights out of hibernation and ready for the Spring. “If you’ve kept yours on the road throughout the winter, we salute you.” Says Vindi boss, John Butler.

Vindicator Cars has now settled in at their new address: Unit 15, Hayes Business Park, The Hayes, Lye, DY9 8NR and John tells me they are now gearing-up for the new season, so if your kit, classic, hot rod, or one-off needs a check-over/service/MOT, you could talk to John at Vindicator to discuss your options.

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Former Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover designer, Chris Greville-Smith, responsible for the Phantom racing car marque and Vortex GT-R kitcar is busy with his new model, the exciting V2.

Shown in chassis-form at last year’s National Kit Car Motor Show at Stoneleigh to gauge reaction and suitably encouraged, Chris has pressed on with building his first demonstrator and will reveal the completed V2 at this year’s Stoneleigh show.

The V2 features a spaceframe chassis, oval-tube upper wishbones, a carbon-look floor, a large stowage box within the nose area, a Monza-style filler cap and Ford power.

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Had a little envelope arrive the other day that had some simply glorious gold-coloured Jubilee Clips inside and they were a kind gift from regular reader, Gary Sell.

Further checking revealed that Gary is part of a Bristol-based family run company called ORA Technologies and the clips he’d sent me were a small sample of what they offer their clients, including some real blue chippers, in terms of plating expertise. Turns out the items he’d sent me were plated in 24K gold on stainless steel…

This all got me thinking about how cool these would look on a blinged-up engine bay, of More >